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President stresses the need to protect monuments at the castle

PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska cannot say whether there is a need for garages at Bratislava Castle or not.

(Source: SME)

However, he asked Speaker of Parliament Peter Pellegrini to protect the monuments. Pellegrini responded that the construction of garages does not threaten the excavations which date from Celtic times, and that the parliament will do everything to protect them, the TASR newswire reported.

The construction is, however, criticised by civic activists who claim that the construction will endanger the finds. They call for their protection, and thus turned also to Kiska who met with Pellegrini to discuss this topic on June 3.

“I am neither planner nor construction engineer to act as a judge whether further garages are necessary or not,” Kiska said, as quoted by TASR. “I heard all the arguments, but I will not be the judge in this case.”

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He also asked Pellegrini “to do everything possible to preserve our history”, as reported by TASR. The speaker of parliament should hold talks not only with experts, but also the public. It is necessary to do everything to be proud of the castle and its monuments also in 10 or 20 years.

“And not to say that we made one huge mistake,” Kiska said, as quoted by TASR.

In his response, Pellegrini said that the works in the castle complex should not negatively impact the finds. They are also doing everything to exhibit them in the most up-to-date way, he added. He also showed the president the latest state and plans for exhibiting the excavations. According to him, the parliament agreed with the Slovak National Museum that the two upper floors of the underground complex will be used as lapidarium where all finds from the castle complex will be exhibited in the future, TASR wrote.

Regarding the talks with experts and the public, it is sometimes very hard, said Pellegrini. He, however, welcomed the 16-hour meeting which, according to him, confirmed that it is necessary to finish the garages, as reported by TASR.

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